Job Actress, model, singer, film producer
Years active 1945-62
Known for Sizzle and sex appeal; whispery voice and curvaceousness
Top Roles Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, Miss Lois Laurel, Miss Casswell, Pola Debevoise, Vicky
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Film Noir, Western
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Show Business, Mistaken Identity
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director), (Director)
Shares birthday with Frank Morgan, Harold Hecht, Robert Newton  see more..

Marilyn Monroe Overview:

Legendary actress, Marilyn Monroe, was born Norma Jean Mortenson (Baker) on Jun 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA. Monroe appeared in over 30 film roles. Her best known films include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, The Prince and the Showgirl, Some Like It Hot, Niagara, Let's Make Love and The Misfits. Earlier performances include The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950), and her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock (1952). Monroe died at the age of 36 on Aug 5, 1962 in Brentwood, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


There is no greater figure in the realm of classic Hollywood than that of Marilyn Monroe. Her rise from humble beginnings to the dizziest heights of superstardom is the essence of the American dream. Her tragic, lonely ending can only be described as anything but. Monroe's life provided her with a narrative the entire world would come to know and a persona the entire world come would to love.


Norma Jean Mortensen came into this world on June 1, 1926, in the city of angels, Los Angeles. From the very beginning, her life was not an easy one. She never knew her father, and after seeing a picture of him, clung to the notion that it might be Clark Gable due to their shared pencil thin mustache. Her mother, Gladys, was extraordinarily unstable in matters of both mental health and finance, sending the toddler Monroe off to live with foster parents. She would later regain custody of Monroe, only to suffer a series of mental breakdowns that would ultimately lead to Monroe's forcible removal by the state. From there, Monroe spent much of her teen years being bounced around from foster home to orphanage, from relative to relative, and on several occasions suffered from sexual assault and rape. With matrimony her only escape, Monroe wed her boyfriend, Jim Dougherty on June 19th, 1942 at the age of 16. The two would relocate to southern California after Dougherty's enlistment in the Merchant Marines. Originally stationed in Santa Catalina Island, he would quickly be shipped off to the Pacific. With her husband off to war, Monroe took work at a munitions factory, where a photographer suggested she apply to The Blue Book Modeling Agency. She quickly became one of the most popular models at the agency, appearing in dozens of national publications.


It wasn't long before Hollywood started taking notice of the photogenic young model, and in 1946, Monroe signed her first movie contract with 20th Century Fox, gaining a new name and new image in the process. She dyed her dark hair to its now trademark blonde and took on a new name: Marilyn Monroe. During the first few months, she saw neither lights nor cameras, but instead was put through a parade of speech, vocal, dancing and etiquette classes. Although she appeared in a few films, her roles were small and she was released from her contact in 1947. The next year she signed with Columbia Pictures, where she would meet the woman who was to become her acting coach, Natasha Lytess. She would star in one picture, 1948's Ladies of The Chorus, before being dropped by Columbia. Although she would appear in a few films at the end of the decade, it would not be until 1950, in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, that Monroe would gain national attention. After receiving good notices for the role as a mistress of an aging criminal, she was cast in the Joseph Mankiewicz classic All About Eve. For her successes, she was awarded with a seven-year contract to 20th Century Fox. Despite her popularity, her first years back at the studio resembled her first tenure at 20th Century Fox: a lot of dedication for subpar parts in B-comedies. It would not be until 1952, when she was loaned out to RKO for the lead in the Barbara Stanwyck vehicle, Clash by Night, that her studio took notice of her talents.


In 1953, Monroe starred in the crime-noir Niagara opposite Joseph Cotton as the sultry femme fatale, Rose. The role was given to her in reaction to the recent scandal in which nude photos of her taken years prior had been printed and released as a pin-up calendar. The scandal, along with the film, helped Monroe to become the most talked about actress in Hollywood. Her next film, Howard Hawk's musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, had her star as showgirl Lorelei Lee, requiring her to prove her skills as actor, singer and dancer. She then starred in a series of light comedies, such as How to Marry Millionaire and There's Business like Show Business. Each film proved a substantial financial success, and soon Monroe solidified her place among the stars of Hollywood. Despite the fact that Monroe had become one of the world's most admired stars, she spend the entirety of her career suffering from crippling anxiety that manifested itself into stage fright and, at times, actual physical illness. Because of this she was often late to the set, much to irk of her co-stars and crew.


In 1954, Monroe once again caused a national stir by marrying New York Yankee star player, Joe DiMaggio. In1955, she starred in the Billy Wilder comedy The Seven Year Inch, the source of Monroe's most endearing image: her long, white skirt being blown above her head by a subway grate. Although the film was a hit, Monroe's frustration at being typecast as bubbly, slow-witted blondes came to a head and she headed east to New York to study at the famed Actors Studio. While studying, she met playwright Arthur Miller and fell in love. Her marriage to DiMaggio already crumbling, she soon divorced the famed baseball payer in favor of the famed author. After completing her training in New York, Monroe returned to Hollywood with a brand new 7- year contact which allowed her directorial approval and $100,000 per film. Her first film under the new contract, Bus Stop, garnered Monroe the best reviews of her career thus far. In 1957, she starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. In 1959, she returned to comedy, reteaming with director Billy Wilder for Some Like it Hot. The film, co-starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as cross-dressing musicians on the run from gangers, was Monroe's most successful film to date and earned her a Best Actress in a Comedy Golden Globe Award.


Her final completed project was the John Huston film, The Misfits, co-starring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. The film was written by her husband, Arthur Miller, despite there failing marriage. She suffered severe depression during the shoot, often refusing to come to the set, and was hospitalized several times during production. The film was a box-office failure. Although she was slated to star opposite Dean Martin in Something's Got to Give, she was fired due to her erratic behavior on-set. A few months later, On August 5th, 1962, Monroe was found dead in her Hollywood home. Her death was ruled a suicide via a barbiturate overdose. She was 36.

(Source: article by Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub).



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Marilyn Monroe's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #104 on Jun 26, 1953. In addition, Monroe was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1995. She appears on the cover of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Monroe was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Marilyn Monroe Quotes:

Junior (really Joe): Look, if are you interested in whether I am married or not?
Sugar: Oh, I'm not interested at all.
Junior: Well, I'm not.
Sugar: That's very interesting!

The Girl: Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in champagne? It's real crazy!

Roslyn: We're all dying aren't we. We're not teaching each other what we really know, are we?

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It is rumored that the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA is haunted by two celebrity ghosts! The staff claims that Montgomery Clift's ghost haunts the ninth floor (suite #928), where he used to pace the halls back in 1953, memorizing his lines while making "From Here to Eternity." Apparently loud noises come from the empty suite, and phones are left mysteriously off the hook.The other apparition is said to be Marilyn Monroe's ghost. Monroe's image is said to occasionally appear in a full-length mirror which used to hang in her poolside suite (the mirror is now next to the elevator on the lower level).

Marilyn Monroe stayed in Suite 229 in the Cabanas which overlooked the pool side at The Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA). A full-length mirror which used to hang in her poolside suite, now in storage following hotel renovations, is thought to be haunted by her spirit. A number of people also claim to have seen her ghost dancing in the ballroom of the hotel.

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